Old Boy (manga)

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Old Boy
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Cover to Vol. 1
オールドボーイ―ルーズ戦記
(Old Boy: Loose Military History)
Genre Crime fiction
Manga
Written by Garon Tsuchiya
Illustrated by Nobuaki Minegishi
Published by Futabasha
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Manga Action
Original run 19961998
Volumes 8 (List of volumes)
Related works
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Old Boy (オールド・ボーイ Ōrudo Bōi?) is a Japanese manga series written by Garon Tsuchiya and illustrated by Nobuaki Minegishi. The narrative follows the protagonist Shinichi Gotō, a man who, after a decade of incarceration in a private prison, is suddenly freed. After his release, Gotō must find his captors and discover the reason for his confinement.

Old Boy was serialized in the Futabasha magazine Weekly Manga Action from 1996 to 1998, with a total of 79 chapters among eight collected volumes released during that time. The series was picked up for North American localization by Dark Horse Comics and released between 2006 and 2007. The manga was also adapted into an award-winning South Korean film, directed by Park Chan-wook in 2003. In 2013 Spike Lee directed an American remake of the 2003 Park Chan-wook film.

Plot[edit]

Twenty-five-year-old Shinichi Gotō was kidnapped one fateful night and locked up in a private jail for unknown reasons. After ten years of solitary confinement, with only a television set for company, he is suddenly released. The story follows his quest to hunt down the identities of his captors and uncover the reason behind his imprisonment.

Characters[edit]

  • Shinichi Gotō (五島 慎一 Gotō Shin'ichi?)

The main character of the story who was kidnapped and locked up for 10 years.

  • Takaaki Kakinuma

He is main villain of the story, he was a high-school classmate of Goto and wants revenge on him.

  • Yukio Kusama

A writer and former teacher. She was Goto and Kankinuma's 6th grade teacher.

  • Eri

A lady who became Goto's girlfriend. She is actually under hypnosis placed upon her by Kakinuma.

  • Kyoko Kataoka

Takaaki Kakinuma's "assistant".

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Old Boy was serialized in the Futabasha magazine Weekly Manga Action from 1996 to 1998. A total of 79 chapters among eight tankōbon (collected volumes) were released in Japan from May 28, 1997 to October 28, 1998.[1][2] Between June 19 and July 17, 2007, Futabasha re-released the entire series in five, larger volumes.[3] In 2005, Dark Horse Comics bought the rights to make an English translation of the book for its customers worldwide.[4] All eight volumes were released from July 5, 2006 to October 10, 2007.[5][6]

Volumes[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 May 28, 1997[1] ISBN 4-575-82240-X July 5, 2006[5] ISBN 1-59307-568-5
2 December 12, 1997[7] ISBN 4-575-82274-4 October 4, 2006[8] ISBN 1-59307-569-3
3 March 24, 1998[9] ISBN 4-575-82320-1 December 4, 2006[10] ISBN 1-59307-570-7
4 May 24, 1998[11] ISBN 4-575-82332-5 February 7, 2007[12] ISBN 1-59307-703-3
5 July 27, 1998[13] ISBN 4-575-82353-8 April 4, 2007[14] ISBN 1-59307-714-9
6 August 28, 1998[15] ISBN 4-575-82362-7 June 6, 2007[16] ISBN 1-59307-720-3
7 September 28, 1998[17] ISBN 4-575-82369-4 August 1, 2007[18] ISBN 1-59307-721-1
8 October 28, 1998[2] ISBN 4-575-82378-3 October 10, 2007[6] ISBN 1-59307-722-X

Films[edit]

In 2003, it was adapted into the award winning Korean film Oldboy by South Korean director Park Chan-wook. The film was a huge international success and went on to win various awards including the Grand Prix of the Jury at the 57th Cannes Film Festival awards ceremony.[19]

In 2006, Indian version of Oldboy titled Zinda directed by Sanjay Gupta received acclaim for its unofficial remake.[20]

A subsequent American film adaptation was directed by Spike Lee in 2013.[21]

Reception[edit]

In 2007, the Old Boy manga won an Eisner Award in the category of "Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Japan."[22] Eduardo Chavez of Mania.com noted that "titles like Old Boy... take their time to create a wonderful of paranoia and drama".[23] Anime News Network's Carlo Santos praised the artwork, which "fits the tone of the series well" and the pacing of the story, but mentioned poorly developed characters.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "株式会社双葉社 | オールドボーイ 1(オールドボーイ)" (in Japanese). Futabasha. ISBN 4-575-82240-X. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  2. ^ a b "株式会社双葉社 | オールドボーイ 8(オールドボーイ)" (in Japanese). Futabasha. ISBN 4575823783. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  3. ^ "株式会社双葉社 | 書誌インデックス". Futabasha. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  4. ^ "News: Dark Horse Takes on Horror". Anime News Network. October 8, 2005. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  5. ^ a b "Old Boy Vol. 1 TPB". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  6. ^ a b "Old Boy Vol. 8 TPB". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  7. ^ "株式会社双葉社 | オールドボーイ 2(オールドボーイ)" (in Japanese). Futabasha. ISBN 4575822744. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  8. ^ "Old Boy Vol. 2 TPB". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  9. ^ "株式会社双葉社 | オールドボーイ 3(オールドボーイ)" (in Japanese). Futabasha. ISBN 4575823201. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  10. ^ "Old Boy Vol. 3 TPB". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  11. ^ "株式会社双葉社 | オールドボーイ 4(オールドボーイ)" (in Japanese). Futabasha. ISBN 4575823325. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  12. ^ "Old Boy Vol. 4 TPB". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  13. ^ "株式会社双葉社 | オールドボーイ 5(オールドボーイ)" (in Japanese). Futabasha. ISBN 4575823538. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  14. ^ "Old Boy Vol. 5 TPB". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  15. ^ "株式会社双葉社 | オールドボーイ 6(オールドボーイ)" (in Japanese). Futabasha. ISBN 4575823627. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  16. ^ "Old Boy Vol. 6 TPB". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  17. ^ "株式会社双葉社 | オールドボーイ 7(オールドボーイ)" (in Japanese). Futabasha. ISBN 4575823694. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  18. ^ "Old Boy Vol. 7 TPB". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  19. ^ "News: No Award for Innocence at Cannes". Anime News Network. May 23, 2004. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  20. ^ Oldboy Makers Plan Vengeance on Zinda, TwitchFilm.
  21. ^ "Spike Lee Confirmed to Direct 'Oldboy'". /Film. 2011-07-11. 
  22. ^ "Old Boy Wins Eisner Award". Anime News Network. July 29, 2007. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  23. ^ Chavez, Eduardo M. (June 27, 2007). "Old Boy Vol. #03". Mania.com. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  24. ^ Santos, Carlo (November 12, 2006). "Old Boy GN 2 - Review". Anime News Network. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 

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